I admit it. I’ve been a bit of a hypocrite. I’ve sneakily watched reality TV while refusing to admit how much I’ve enjoyed it. To be fair, reality TV is often akin to eating fast food. Although you know you shouldn’t, it’s just sooo delicious. Especially when you’re feeling low.
I was fully prepared for “Queens of Drama” to be another one of those shows full of typical attempts to keep my eyeballs glued to the TV. You know, women throwing wine glasses, saying outrageous things, flashing some skin. And it’s not without it’s shock factor moments. But there is something else going on that is holding my attention. Something I didn’t count on.
Women trying to work together.
There is not much “sisterhood” in show business, and that’s a fact. There is so much gossiping and back stabbing that frankly I’ve been very careful about who I let close. But that doesn’t mean I haven’t experienced some great and true female friendships that grew from working relationships. I’ve also really tried to let certain women I’ve worked with know that I “get” what they are going through, even if we don’t have the connection to be close friends, and that I care.
But just as often I’ve experienced women ready to upstage me, step on my lines, or try and piggyback on anything positive that might happen to me. Yes, there have been moments where I had to tell a woman before the Emmys, “DO NOT HUG ME IF I WIN.”
So in “Queens of Drama” I am actually seeing elements of what I have experienced in my own life. And it’s sort of jaw dropping.
I’ve also found that stepping out of the role of “actor” into the role of “person in charge” as director, writer and/or producer can be a challenging one. Every move you make can be questioned by your team, not to mention the people looking at your material. But these women are trying to create a piece of work without any one of them being the leader.
They are trying in what could be considered a uniquely feminine way to work together.
Here’s a quote the creator Adam Reed from a recent article in the NY Observer:
“What’s great about this show is there is as much camaraderie as there is conflict and the women, although they may argue, have a real affinity and respect for each other. I think a lot of unscripted shows you have a bunch of women yelling and just being catty towards each other. What’s great about this is these women have come together for a common goal, not just for parties and dinners and that kind of stuff. That common goal is to serve an underserved market and create a television show that’s produced and stars these actresses and I think that’s refreshing.”
As most of you know, I have a very fond affection for soaps and serial television, so I am looking forward to seeing these women persevere. Stories that serve women are stories that can help the whole community. I hope they overcome the endless stumbling blocks for women in show biz and make a great fictional TV show that is fun to watch but also helps our society.
Even if they don’t, it’s going to be fascinating to watch them try.
Queens of Drama airs Wednesdays at 8p on POP TV.